The Front Porch
For Laurie Dragunoff, “Decorating a porch is all about balancing comfort and durability with style.” At her 3,000-square-foot showroom, she offers furniture, lighting, window treatments and a vast library of fabrics and wallpapers. Decorative Interiors, Galleria Design Center, Middletown, (860) 638-3818, www.greatstylenow.com
“I focus on the art of living well and am on a constant quest for joie de vivre!” says designer and fine art photographer Melissa Makris. Inspired by history and the natural world, she specializes in integrating vintage pieces with classic modern style. Melissa Makris Design for Living, Westport, (203) 226-4159, www.melissamakris.com
“The front porch is so evocative of lazy afternoons, cold iced tea and being lost in a book,” says Alicia Orrick. “Keep it comfortable and restful to the eye, letting sensuous textures and lines take the place of strong patterns. If it’s done right, who’d ever want to go back inside?” Orrick & Company, Greenwich, (203) 532-1188, www.orrickandcompany.com
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